Today marked the opening of the 78th Street Play Street in Jackson Heights and it was a great local affair. The Jackson Heights Green Alliance has made it possible to close down all of 78th Street between Northern Blvd and 34th Ave by Travers Park and bring the play out into the street for the entire summer. Read on for more info on this amazing car free street.
78th Street is a long tree lined shady block which has planter barricades at Northern Blvd. As you walk down the block there is a canvas mural being painted for Jackson Heights, a grassy baby area with toys for little ones. Near 34th Ave is where the bigger kids are allowed to ride their bikes and skate boards. Even with the street being open for play the block is packed with children of all ages having fun in the sprinklers at Travers park and running around in the street. I was only upset by the lock on the bathroom door when we all had to visit the bathroom. WHAT?! We exclaimed. It was 6pm by the time a bathroom was needed but we couldn’t fathom how there could be all of these kids with nowhere to go!
The Jackson Heights Play Street will be running full time from July 1st to August 31st (Monday to Sunday) and on Sundays after that until October 31st. Here are some photos to entice you to travel and support this amazing attraction that is unique to Queens.